22nd September 2013

The story of Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone

This blog post is adapted from Gagging Jesus by Phil Moore and is used here with permission. Gagging Jesus is available here.

Jesus spoke more about money than about heaven and hell combined. He tells us that how we spend our money is the truest gauge of what we really think of his teaching. He tells us that the clearest statement of faith is a person's bank statement.

Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone was a prosperous Italian playboy until he read Jesus' teaching in Mark 10:17-30. He was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant and about to inherit a small fortune from his father, when he started reading the family Bible.

When he read the story of Jesus' encounter with the rich young rule, Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone was so convicted by the gulf between Jesus' teaching and his own lifestyle that he sold the contents of his father's warehouse and gave the proceeds away. When his father dragged him to court and threatened to disinherit him of everything except for the clothes he was wearing unless he apologised, he stripped down to his underwear in the courtroom and walked barefoot into the snowy streets outside.

Giovanni Francesco di Bernardone is better known to us as Francis of Assisi, the founder of an order of monks who gave away everything to follow Jesus and who still inspire millions of people around the world today...

Read part 2 here on Wednesday.

Natalie Williams

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